West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce says he will take his time playing record-signing Andy Carroll following the striker's return to training.
The 24 year old has not featured this season after aggravating a heel injury he sustained in May.
"We're in a difficult position but I can't panic into putting Andy in too quickly," said Allardyce, whose side are 17th in the Premier League.
"Andy will want to play quicker than he should and I'll have to calm him down."
"Basically, he'll be doing more and more with the ball now," added Allardyce.
"He'll keep doing the strength and conditioning work he has been doing, but it'll be more about getting on the field with the ball at more intense levels as he goes along.
"My position is to take a sensible view, it's my responsibility to make sure he is there to stay when he comes back onto the field, and not just one or two games."
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